Telecoms operators owe XAF176bn in unpaid taxes

21 Jan 2016

Following an inquiry into the sector, Cameroon’s anti-corruption commission CONAC has claimed that the country’s telecoms operators owe the government around XAF176 billion (USD293 million) in unpaid taxes, Reuters reports. According to CONAC, the local unit of South African firm MTN Group owes nearly XAF52 billion in taxes and royalties and France’s Orange is required to pay around XAF48 billion, while local telco CamTel and Vietnamese-owned Viettel also said to be involved in the investigation. The corruption watchdog claims that both Orange and MTN have benefited from tax breaks – worth over XAF28 billion for the former and XAF24 billion for the latter – that are deemed to be illegal. The pair say that they have not received any formal notification of the conclusions of the report or of any fines.

Cameroon, CamTel, MTN Cameroon, Orange Cameroon, Viettel Cameroon (Nexttel)